Applied Sport And Exercise Science MSc
  • Provides you with a critical understanding of current issues relating to the theory and practice of sport and exercise science.
  • This 2-year part time course uses the advantages of modern digital connectivity to deliver engaging content via an online virtual learning environment. In adopting a student centred approach to learning, we ensure students on this award are actively collaborating with content, each other and ourselves in a dynamic manner.
  • Provides a sufficient grounding for those individuals seeking to develop a career as a sport and exercise science professional and delivers the required postgraduate qualification for an individual seeking to engage in the accreditation process with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) in support of a career in sport and exercise science.

Why choose this course?

  • A curriculum focused on the key sub disciplines of sport & exercise science covering such areas as Sports Biomechanics and Injury, Physiological Support of Athletes, Applied Research Methods, the Practice of Sport Psychology, with all modules delivered by research active staff.
  • Over 10 years' experience of delivering a fully online PgC/PgD/MSc. in Applied Sport & Exercise Science.
  • The course is underpinned by research excellence - In the 2014 REF, our research was rated as being of international quality overall with 64% of the research considered either world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • 'Earn while you Learn' - as an exclusively online course you will gain access to a highly flexible and effective way to develop your knowledge, expertise and professional skills without disrupting your working life.
  • All modules are designed and delivered by staff with an international research reputation alongside excellent applied links with sports organisations, businesses and professional bodies.
  • The course draws on the full advantage of online pedagogy enabling active student participation and collaboration with both faculty and peers in a dynamic learning environment. Engage with content directly via video lectures, synchronous and asynchronous text and audio discussions supported by 24/7 access to a wide range of online resources.
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Course Fees and Finance

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 90 credits in your first year of study and the other 90 credits in your second year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay a fee of £3,060 for your first year in 2017/18. The fee for your second year of study will be broadly the same, except that an inflationary uplift may apply.* You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

* The fees listed are for the 2017/18 academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an inflationary uplift.

Alumni Discount: If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to 15% off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.'

Postgraduate Loans:

Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,280 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. You won't have to start repaying the loan until you are earning more than (currently) £21,000 per year.

Course content

On this part time course you study one module at a time. The first three modules identified below contribute to the PG Certificate. These modules in combination with the following two allow a PG Diploma to be obtained, with successful completion of the final 60 credit Masters Research Project module leading to the MSc.

You study 4 modules (90 credits) in Year 1 and 2 modules (90 credits) in Year 2.

Core Modules

Physical Activity & Mental Health (15 credits)

In this module the current state of evidence regards the relationship between physical activity and the prevention and treatment of selected mental health outcomes (anxiety, depression and schizophrenia) is critically examined and assessed. The utility of physical activity theories and models in regard to behaviour change are critically evaluated using a range of sources of evidence including traditional and systematic reviews, meta-analysis and epidemiological research.

Advanced Research Methods and Data Analysis (30 credits)

Develops and enhances an understanding of research methodology and statistical skills utilising both quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine, analyse and evaluate data sets related to sport & exercise science.

Sports Biomechanics and Injury (15 credits)

Module focuses on the principles of sports biomechanics in relation to injury management, rehabilitation and injury prevention. The role and practice of sports therapists and sports physicians will be examined alongside the internal and external factors and key mechanisms associated with sports injury.

In the first part of The Practice of Sport and Exercise Psychology (30 credits) a range of psychological techniques available to practitioners are outlined (e.g., self-talk, imagery). Students will be required to consider what psychological techniques are most appropriate and how they should best be applied to a range of scenarios (e.g., enhancing confidence in a novice exerciser, helping an elite athlete cope with a career ending injury). In the second part of the module the skills required to practice effectively (e.g., counselling skills, communication skills and reflective practice) are considered along with issues surrounding the delivery of psychological interventions to different groups (e.g., disabled athletes) are considered.

The Physiological Support of Athletes(30 credits) module addresses the development of laboratory and field based practical competencies in functional and biomechanical tests used in the physiological support of athletes. Actual athlete data obtained from selected physiological tests is directly examined and assessed via the production of an appropriate testing regime for a given athlete. Skills to interpret and present data in an appropriate manner to different audiences (athlete, coach and parent) are a central feature of the module.

The final module is the Masters Research Project (60 credits). This module involves the planning and execution of an empirical research project. Typically, students are encourage to write their thesis in a journal style and where appropriate submit for publication. A formal presentation and oral examination of the research is a key feature of the module.

Graduate destinations

As with many postgraduate taught qualifications, students use the qualification to enhance an already existing career as part of CPD activity. So lecturers in colleges of further and higher education, teachers in the primary and secondary sectors can use the qualification for career progression. In addition graduates use the qualification to go on to further study by commencing a PhD, having been able to obtain their masters without the need to disrupt busy working lives.

MSc Award
September Start
Part-time, Distance Study Mode
2 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

  • To apply for this course you will need an Undergraduate Honours degree (grade 2:2 or higher) in Sport and Exercise Science or a related discipline.
  • Your degree must be from a UK University or International equivalent.
  • You must be able to demonstrate a good standard of English. We require a minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands) or an equivalent qualification.

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